The Winter Sea (Slains, #1) by Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders ...

Details The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)

TitleThe Winter Sea (Slains, #1)
Release DateMay 22nd, 2019
PublisherAllison & Busby
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Romance, Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Cultural, Scotland

Reviews The Winter Sea (Slains, #1)

  • Katrina Passick Lumsden
    The five stars I've given this book reflects the high I'm still coming down from after having finished it. I think I might be in love with Susanna Kearsley. I read The Rose Garden earlier this year, and being a huge fan of time travel, devoured that shit like it was going out of style. Granted, it took me a little while to get into it because I found the pacing in the beginning to be kind of slow, but after getting over that bump in the road, the...
  • L.E. Fidler
    i have what can only be described as a love-hate relationship with this book. i found so much of it to feel incredibly stupid and yet i couldn't put it down. explain that one to me!'warning: here there be spoilers. 10 Things I Hate About You:1. the employment of a frame story - i'm pretty sure the conversation with her editor went something like this: sk: it's going to be two books in one! one story will be set in modern day and the other will be...
  • Lisa Kay
    Update: 5/17/12 Rosalyn Landor has been nominated for the Audie Awards 2012 “Solo Narration-Female” category for her narration of The Winter Sea.Slains Castle as it was in all its glory...Slains Castle now...★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I love to listen to the talented Rosalyn Landor read a book. Her elegant narration is perfect for this lyrical, atmospheric book. Ms. Landor does the accents nicely, especially the Sco...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4+ stars. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:My recent read of Kearsley's Bellewether left me slightly dissatisfied, but I knew (and was assured by historical novel-loving friends) that she was capable of far more engaging storytelling, so I dove into her older duology of Jacobite-era novels, The Winter Sea and The Firebird. Both of these books ― in which Kearsley employs her favored dual-timeline approach with romance subplots, a parano...
  • Emery Lee
    8/15/11 - Addendum to original review. I did not rate this book after reading it because I was so upset about the ending, but in retrospect I have to allow that it was one of the best books (and perhaps THE BEST) I have read this year. While I am VERY stingy about 5 star ratings and this is NOT the HEA I would have chosen, I confess that the author's meticulous research, beautiful prose, and riveting parallel storyline has won me over in the end....
  • Judy
    Reader beware: This author does not compare to Mary Stewart, Daphne Dumaurier or Diana Gabaldon. I really wish I could have given this book a 2.5. It was better than okay, but not much. I really disliked the plot device of cutting back and forth from the 18th to the 21st century. When the 18th century story started to get interesting, the story would revert to the 21st century. The contemporary part of the story was dull and I didn’t care about...
  • Ira
    I’m glad in this ‘self published and write anything you want’ times, there are still author like Ms. Kearsley. This is certainly not a bubble gum book which widely available lately, and you just need to read it once and the story will stay with you forever. The last book I felt this way, was Jennifer Donnelly, The Tea Rose. Yep! This type of book is very rare and that’s why, it made me more appreciate the throughly research work this auth...
  • Sarah
    If you knew me at all in person, you’d know that I am a lover of history. Though I am always interested in history of any kind, my particular interests range from ancient Egypt, it’s ties to ancient Rome, and how that all eventually leads to England before it was England, across the sea to the Danes and the Northmen, and back again to England, Scotland and Ireland. What fascinates me most is how the influences of all these great people throug...
  • Hannah
    Re-read 2/22/13Just as excellent the second time around.Now to dive into The Firebird :DOriginal ReviewFrom the onset of Susanna Kearsley's, The Winter Sea, fate clearly plays a large part in the destiny of writer Carrie McClelland, as well as the novel she is researching on the unsuccessful Jacobite uprising of 1708. A detour to Slains Castle on the rugged west coast of Scotland solidifies Carrie's desire to move her base of operations there. Af...
  • Carolyn
    I am not generally a reader of romances but this is a very well done historical romance that I really enjoyed. The novel is written in two parallel story lines (and romances!), with an author in the current day writing a historical novel about the Jacobite uprising in 1708, so that her main character's voice relates the events leading up to the uprising and the attempt to bring James Stewart to Scotalnd from his exile in France to claim the Scott...
  • Limonessa
    Historical fiction is not usually my genre. I picked up this book because I thought it would also contain a paranormal element. Well, it does not - or very slightly so -, but I loved it nonetheless. Whoever compared it to Diana Gabaldon's Outlander in their reviews is seriously misleading readers, because this book has basically very little to do with it and it does not deal with time travel at all.The narrative technique was very good. The story...
  • Meghan
    I went along with it thinking it wasn't TOO terrible. But the ending was just bad. I can't understand/relate to a husband and wife who would just abandon their baby to another family like that. Sure, sure, it was "all the family she'd ever known", but she's TWO. She never should have been given to them in the FIRST place, but hells sakes, get your kid! Not to mention, I can't relate to this in the circumstances in MY day and age, back then there ...
  • Ann Aguirre
    This is such a beautiful book. I've never seen dual storylines intertwined with such facility and elegance. Usually, when the author take this approach, one will be more appealing than the other, but both stories were fascinating. The historical detail was meticulous; the writing is lyrical and evocative. The characters feel real. This book made me cry. I would recommend it for readers of Diana Gabaldon. Yes, it's that good.
  • Laura
    4.5 stars. This is a classic case of the right book finding the right time. I know I've picked this book up several times with the intent to read it and it just didn't look all that compelling. Nothing really grabbed me about it beyond the cover, I didn't really know much about that historical period, and I'm not really a person who reads romance novels regularly. I'd read a kind of heavy, dark book though and needed something light. A friend rec...
  • Britany
    Listened to this one on audio for a challenge as the narrator won an Audie award for solo female narration. I found the narrator boring and distracting, but I was determined to finish this book.The story itself is rich in history and mystery, set against a gorgeous background. Parallel storylines cross paths from early 1700's the Jacobite uprising to present day author finding her characters' voices. Handsome men, castles, and a Scottish lilt to ...
  • solaret
    History has all but forgotten...In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.Lies.Or at least, it's severely misleading. The book does seem meticulously researched, and I have no doubt that the attempted coup d'etat actually happened, but it's not what this book is about.What this book actually is about: young women taking lo...
  • Angie
    I've seen Susanna Kearsley's name pop up hither and yon around the blogosphere for going on a year now. I added her name to my list of authors to check out awhile back and I've spent the intervening time idly wondered whether the enticing comparisons to the likes of Mary Stewart had some merit. Not long ago I decided THE WINTER SEA would be the perfect maiden voyage with Kearsley. Published a couple of years ago in the UK, the U.S. edition was sl...
  • Diane S ☔
    I have been hearing about this books for months in different groups I belong to, everyone who has read it saying they have absolutely loved it. Finally read it and loved it too. Such an interesting mix of history, genealogy, present and past, and romance, as I read I became totally immersed in both stories.Wonderful characters and I appreciated the fact that the author included a postscript detailing exactly which characters and what part of the ...
  • Lillian ☁ Cloud 9 Books ☁
    ***** 5 Stars ***** "For if there was no winter, we could never hope for spring." I'm speechless. I didn't think I'd end up enjoying this book, but I became obsessed with the romance and history. Carrie is a talented author working on her next novel. As she's traveling around, she feels an odd pull towards the ruins of Slains Castle. A pull so strong, she stops everything to focus on its past. Throughout her research, she receives unexplainable m...
  • TL
    (view spoiler)[Is Carrie the reincarnation of Sophia and is Graham Moray? Or is it just ancestral memory somehow passed down through to reemerge in Carrie? Did Sophia guide her to choose her for her novel so he story could be told? Was she merely remembering her life from before? (hide spoiler)] It could go either way really, Miss Kearsley lets you decide for yourself as you are reading. Though for me, it fell more one way than the other. I thoug...
  • Kim
    This is yet another book which I probably would not have read had it not been for reviews on Goodreads and recommendations from several GR friends which prompted me to read another novel by Kearsley, Every Secret Thing. I liked Every Secret Thing enough to want to read more of Kearsley’s work. This novel has dual time lines. There is a contemporary narrative, told in the first person. The narrator is an author writing a historical novel about ...
  • WhiskeyintheJar/Kyraryker
    3.3 stars Where’e’er I go, my Soul shall stay with thee:’Tis but my Shadow that I take away;’ First off, the delicious history in this was my favorite part. I loved how the author intertwined real historical events and people while adding artistic flair. Amazing. Far more than most of my friends have rated this very highly, and the writing definitely deserves it. Unfortunately, while I loved the history and writing quality, the back and f...
  • Sara
    4.5 I haven't enjoyed a book this much in a long time stars.Reading Susanna Kearsley is such fun. I find that I both want to read faster so that I can see what will happen and read slower so that I can stay in this story and this world just a little bit longer. She sifts in just the right amount of romance, mystery and history to make a perfect cake, and she is one of the few writers who can keep me as interested in the modern-day story she is te...
  • Christina White
    This is the story about an author named Carrie, who writes historical fiction novels. She travels to Scotland to research Slains Castle for her newest novel and to spend some time with her editor who lives there. While she is there the characters of her book come alive in her memory. She is actually remembering the life of her ancestor, Sophie Paterson and her marriage to John Murray. While writing her book she meets a man named Graham and a roma...
  • LJ
    THE WINTER SEA (Dual-period novel/Romance-Carrie McClelland-Scotland-Cont/1708) - Ex Kearsley, Susanna – Standalone Allison & Busby, Ltd., 2008, UK Hardcover – ISBN: 9780749080976 First Sentence: It wasn’t chance.Bestselling author Carrie McClelland comes from France, where she is working on a book related to the 1708 attempted return of James Stewart to regain his throne. On the way to the christening of her friend and agent’s baby, she ...
  • Dem
    The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley really seemed like a book I would love as it dealt with a part of Scottish history that I was not familiar with. I had not read a book set in Scotland before and was eager to get started on this novel after reading the fascinating blurb. "In the spring of 1708 an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now Car...
  • ♥Sharon♥
    Oh my. What a story this was. ❤ The location, the history, the love story. All of it was simply fabulous.Actually there is a story within this story. You will most certainly fall in love with Sophia and John and all that swirls around them. And Catherine and Graham will warm your heart. It came highly recommended to me and I will pass that along as well. A must read for sure!!
  • Erin
    For some reason this one was hard for me to get into. However, as the book progressed I enjoyed the storyline more. I love historical fiction, but this felt like I had a history lesson that wasn't any too interesting jammed down my throat. I like it pureed into a smoothie so I barely know I'm learning anything nutritious. Yum. Smoothie. Sweet story but not the best I've read.
  • Karen
    At length, at length, I have thee in my Arms; Tho' our Malevolent Stars have struggled hard, And held us long asunder. -John Dryden's King Arthur. What a fabulous book... or should I say book inside a book? Which apparently is based on real life? If you like romance and you like history.. you will love this. I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it. And of course, it's sparked another urge to return to Scotland. I'm afraid I'll just ha...
  • Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
    The description of this book is accurate but doesn't come close to describing the rich characters, Scottish history and atmosphere that Susanna Kearsley brings to her readers. This was my second time reading The Winter Sea. The first time was many years ago, and while I didn't recall the plot I always had images in my mind from reading the book the first time around. The sign of a good book.Kearsley's writing is rich in detail creating a vivid at...